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New England News
12:21 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Hinsdale To Swear In New Police Chief; Former Chief Files Lawsuit Against Town

A sign outside Hinsdale Town Hall advertises Sunday's event
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The town of Hinsdale, Massachusetts plans to swear in a new police chief Sunday. The hiring comes after the board fired Nancy Daniels earlier this year, a decision that has divided the town.

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New England News
12:24 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

State Police Called After Hinsdale Select Board Denies Ex-Police Chief's Bid For Part-Time Position

People leave the Hinsdale Select Board meeting Wednesday night after the Board adjourned the meeting just 15 minutes after it began.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

In the small western Massachusetts town of Hinsdale, the Select Board Wednesday shot down the bid by ousted Police Chief Nancy Daniels’ to be hired as a part-time officer. Following the decision, the Select Board voted to adjourn the meeting after 15 minutes, as the crowd angrily voiced their disapproval. 

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New England News
12:59 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Hinsdale Select Board Hires Temporary Police Chief

More than 100 people showed up at the Hinsdale Select Board meeting Wednesday. The meeting was moved from the town hall to the school gym next door to accommodate the crowd.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Select Board in Hinsdale, Massachusetts has hired a temporary police chief to fill the role left vacant by embattled Chief Nancy Daniels.

Wednesday’s meeting drew an even larger crowd than normal in the town of nearly 2,000, forcing the Select Board to move the gathering to the school gym next door. The rowdy crowd of more than 100 expressed its displeasure with the hiring of former Pittsfield police officer Charles Bassett by a 2 to 1 vote from the board.

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New England News
12:58 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Hinsdale Police Officers Urge Board To Reinstate Chief

At Wednesday's meeting, Hinsdale Police Officer Rodney Maloney asked the Select Board to put Chief Nancy Daniels on part-time status, while more than 300 residents called for a special town meeting for a recall of elected officials.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Frustration continues to mount over the controversial status of the police chief and Select Board in the small western Massachusetts town of Hinsdale.

In November, the town’s Select Board placed Police Chief Nancy Daniels on paid administrative leave because she failed to complete state required training needed to serve as a full-time officer. With the support of the town’s four other police officers, Officer Rodney Maloney presented a letter to the board Wednesday saying Daniels' absence is hurting the town’s 2,000 residents.

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New England News
12:41 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Uncertainity And Anger Continues In Hinsdale, MA

Hinsdale residents raised questions about the status of the town's police department at Wednesday's Select Board meeting.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Drama in the small western Massachusetts town of Hinsdale continues. More than 300 residents have called for the Select Chair to resign, following the Board’s decision to put the police chief on paid administrative leave after she failed to complete state-mandated training.

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New England News
1:10 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Turnover Of Small Town Police Chiefs, Influence On Public Confidence

In recent months there have been a number of changes in police leadership within the small towns that dot western Massachusetts.

Whenever there is leadership change in an organization, there are going to be growing pains. However, those pains may be longer and more damaging when it pertains to small town police chiefs who are replaced because of alleged wrongdoing. Brian Buchner is the president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, or NACOLE.

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New England News
4:39 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Waiting Game In Hinsdale

People in Hinsdale continue to pack Select Board weekly meetings waiting on word of the status of Police Chief Nancy Daniels. More than 300 residents have called for the resignation of Select Chair Bonnie Conner.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The waiting game continues in the small Massachusetts town of Hinsdale as residents have called for the Select Board Chair to resign.

The so-called venomous politics over a variety of topics continue in the town of 2,000, where police officers watch over the meeting room packed with people lining into the hallway each week.

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New England News
1:36 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Hinsdale Residents Call For Select Chair's Resignation

Hinsdale residents packed the meeting room and lined up down the hall at Wednesday's Select Board meeting. At the start of the meeting, Select Chair Bonnie Conner was handed a petition signed by more than 300 residents asking for her resignation.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

In the western Massachusetts town of Hinsdale, more than 300 residents are calling for the resignation of the town’s Select Board chair.

The petition delivered by former Select Board chair David Kokindo at Wednesday’s meeting is the latest development in an escalating situation in the town of 2,000.

“The town of Hinsdale’s politics has been very venomous for a very, very long time,” said Kokindo.

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